The United States-Mexico soccer rivalry is a “young” rivalry. Even though the two countries first faced off in 1934, the tension didn’t rise until the 1990s. The U.S. started winning important games, and Mexico started seeing their neighbor as an actual competitor. The climax of the rivalry was in 2002 in a World Cup match, when the U.S. beat Mexico, 2-0. Many Mexican American soccer fans were told to choose sides.
When you’re a player on the team, the side your on is a given. For Mexican American fans, the U.S.-Mexico rivalry could get a little confusing trying to balance national pride for the country you were born in and the country that your parents are from. Can you ever truly pick a side?
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President Obama’s visit to Mexico came with immigration reform at the center stage in Washington. And with Mexican nationals making up more than half of all undocumented immigrants living in the U.S, where is Mexico in the discussion? María Hinojosa speaks with former Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan.
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Arturo Sarukhan served as Mexico Ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2013. He is currently the Chairman of Global Solutions, a Podesta Company, and a global strategic consulting and risk assessment firm. He served for 20 years in the Mexican Foreign Service, as Chief of Policy Planning at the Foreign Ministry, and he was appointed Mexican Consul-General to New York City. In 2006, he joined the Presidential Campaign of Felipe Calderón as Foreign Policy Advisor and International Spokesperson and was tapped to coordinate his foreign policy Transition Team.